Monday, July 9, 2018

Simon Says...Summer Fun

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
I decorated a Mat Board panel to remind me of happy fun filled summer days spent with my sister, those carefree idyllic childhood days, out and about in the fresh air, long before the days of computers and I Pads, when we created our own adventures and only returned home when we were hungry.

I cut the Mat Board to measure 6" x 8", fixed a slightly smaller piece of Memoranda paper in place with Distress Collage Medium Matte and applied a light coat of White Gesso.
I die-cut a Tim Holtz/Sizzix Stitched Oval from another Memoranda paper, stamped randomly with the script stamp fromTim Holtz/Stamper Anonymous Entomology inked with Ground Espresso Archival ink and inked the edge with Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a mini round blending tool.
I die-cut the word Summer from a scrap of Memoranda paper using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alphanumeric Thinlits and fixed to the panel with thin strips of 3D foam tape.
I added interest to the background with Harlequin and Linen Mini Layering Stencils from Sets 9 and 22 with Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides using Distress Blending Brushes which I find so much easier to use than the round blending tools when you want to add small areas of colour.
I coloured a piece of Distress Media Heavystock with Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide inks, using the "familiar by now" smooshing, dragging, drying, spritzing with water and tapping back into the remaining droplets technique
and die-cut the foliage using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Garden Greens Thinlits and a decorative border using Tim Holtz/Sizzix 3D Provincial Impresslits which die cuts and embosses at the same time and oh boy, the texture is amazing, definitely IMPRESS-IVE.
I coloured some sections of the Provincial  Impresslits with a Fossilized Amber Distress Marker and sanded back to reveal some of the detail. I stamped the cone flower from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden with Black Soot Archival ink on to Distress Watercolor Card and fussy cut. There is a matching Framelits die set which I don't have...a mega fail it would seem on the part of the cubbyhole procurement department and one I need to rectify. I coloured the cone flowers with Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Markers using a Distress Detailer Water Brush.
I applied a coat of Clear Gesso to these adorable Paper Dolls and coloured with Iced Spruce, Wild Honey and Spun Sugar Distress Markers.
I added a mix of Idea-ology Small Chat and Big Talk Stickers for the sentiment

and flowers die-cut from white cardstock using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Funky Florals 1 Thinlits, coloured with Fossilized Amber and Walnut Stain Distress Markers and finished with a little splattering of White Gesso.
and here's the inspiration for my project, two nineteen oatcake golden oldie photos harking back to those carefree days.

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I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Beautiful piece Kath. I love the colors and the layering and how you were able to mix stamped images and die cut flowers on the same piece and make it work. Reminds me of summer too! I also love the photos you posted!

  2. Adorable photos and amazing tags!

  3. This is fabulous Kath, love the layers and gorgeous design. Cute photos of you and your sister!
    Linda xxx

  4. Such a pretty panel Kath! the girls are adorable and the background and colours are beautiful, love this!! :-)

    gorgeous photos too :-)

    Lols x x x

  5. You and your sister are a couple of cuties, Kath! Love your beautiful summer memories you've built into this. Lovely colors and design and that border lace looks divine! I spent my summers like you, outside until the bell rang and I was called home for dinner. hugs, Maura

  6. Ahhh, those lazy hazy days of summer when kids could play outside. It is so lovely to have a piece of art that brings back such lovely memories, it is very beautiful. I love your photos too!! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Absolutely stunning project, Kath. Those were the days, when we could play outside all day and knew it was time to go home when the sun started setting. xx

  8. Such a pretty creation Kath, love it, love the photos you shared too....Such carefree times..xx

  9. LOVE seeing some of your photos, Kath! Just so darling!!

    Great project! Love the yellows to keep a nice warm summer vibe, and I also love that you colored the girls outfit in the project!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. This is a fabulous make Kath x Lots of wonderful details and an amazing summery feel has been captured x Love your photos and knew that you were the blonde xx TFS
    Annie xx

  11. Kath your creation is amazing l just the colours the cut out images and flowers as always you create such master pieces xx

  12. Sooooo many beautiful layers here! I love the soft tones and subtle floral patterns.

  13. So bright, warm, inspiring, with a bit of nostalgia: love love LOVE this piece❤️

  14. Stunning work love the design,and those photos are just adorable Kath.xx

  15. Beautiful canvas that has really captured those wonderful sunny days when kids played outside and had no cares in the world. There are so many lovely little details to see and the colours are a fabulous combination... Hugs, Emma xx

  16. I love this panel.Beautiful,bright and sunny colors and yours memories too:)

  17. Beautiful and so bright. I love the colors you mnixed up here, what a great combination of yellow and teal. The flowers are so pretty! Hugs, Marzena

  18. Every week I'm amazed by your projects! I have no words! this is a masterpiece, love colors and design! Barbara